Social poker investigation in china wider than at first thought

May 11, 2018

Last month’s Chinese news that the government intended to clamp down on social poker apps with legislation scheduled for June 1 (see previous InfoPowa Reports) has been followed by Chinese media reports that the investigation into the use and promotion via social media of the apps as illegal gambling vehicles is more widespread than at […]

Has imminent Chinese poker ban impacted Macau?

May 5, 2018

Last week’s confirmed news that the Chinese government plans to ban social poker apps and the promotion thereof on social channels on June 1 (see previous reports) has prompted media speculation that the forthcoming ban has impacted Macau operations. The reports have conflated news of the ban with announcements that the City of Dreams and […]

World Series of Poker announces major deal with Chinese e-commerce giant

July 9, 2017

The World Series of Poker has announced a new partnership agreement with Chinese e-commerce, mobile gaming and social media giant Tencent which will help to expand awareness of poker in Asia. Tencent Poker is already the top play-for-fun social poker app in China, and the WSOP brand will receive exposure on this vehicle as part […]

Global Poker League expands to China

December 12, 2016

On the back of concluding its opening Season in Las Vegas, The Global Poker League, through parent company Mediarex Sport and Entertainment, will expand into China during 2017. The inaugural GPL China season one will launch with eight teams representing cities across China: Beijing Great Dragons, Shanghai Golden Tigers, Guanghzou Pioneers, Shenzhen Eagles, Hangzhou Legends, […]

Global Poker Index strengthens Chinese presence

October 18, 2016

Global Poker Index founder Alex Dreyfus has scored another important Chinese market ally, enhancing his partnership deal with digital sports media firm Sina Sports earlier this year (see previous report) with a new deal with Ten Cent Poker, a major online poker subsidiary of internet commerce giant Ten Cent with correspondingly major marketing clout. The […]

Gay poker game promo halted by Beijing police

April 25, 2015

It’s not just Pokerstars that has seen a poker tournament disrupted by the Chinese police recently (see previous report); Chinese media in Beijing report that a gay poker race has been cancelled following police intervention. The “Gaymazing Poker Race” was based on a format of teams of four racing each other to six city hutong […]

Chinese police shutter major poker tournament

April 18, 2015

There was drama at the Wutaishan Sports Centre in Nanjing Friday when local police stopped players entering to participate in the 2015 Asia Pacific Poker Tour Nanjing Millions, issuing a notice which shut down the tournament and claimed the organisers were suspected of illegal gambling. Offices used by the organisers were also locked down. It […]

Pokerstars active in China

March 7, 2015 is continuing to help support the growth of poker in China with the sponsorship of the 2015 Nanjing Millions. The CN¥1 million ($159,000) guaranteed Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT) China poker tournament, which has been sanctioned by the Jiangsu Provincial Chess Sports Association, will run April 14-19, 2015 at the Jiangsu Wutaishan Sports Centre. […]